Hiking Gunstock Mountain in Gilford NH – Views of Lake Winnipesaukee

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Gunstock Mountain is an awesome ski destination in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. It features incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Ossipee Range and even Mount Washington. If you are looking for some fantastic views in a quick ascent, this is a great option.

Distance: 2.2 Miles Round Trip (1.77 km)
Height: 2,245 feet (684 meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet (347 meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours

Trails

Gunstock Mountain Trail – 2.2 Miles round Trip – 1,148 Feet Elevation Gain

There are various ways to summit Gunstock, but the most popular and direct route to the summit is the Gunstock Mountain Trail located on Carriage Road in Gilford.

The Gunstock Mountain trail trailhead is located off of Carriage Road in Gilford (directions below), while the brook trail is located at Gunstock Mountain Ski Resort Parking lot.

Other routes include the Brook Trail, the overlook trail, and the ridge trail from Mount Rowe.

Brook Trail – 3.2 Miles Round Trip – 1,270 Feet Elevation Gain

This route begins at the Gunstock Mountain ski area parking and heads up near ski trails and does cross a few. This is an awesome route that features views on the way up, as well as at the summit.

Trail Map

Gunstock Hiking Trail Map

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Belknap Range Trail Maps

Alternate Routes

Hikers may also choose to hike Mount Rowe with Gunstock in a 4.7 mile loops.

Directions

To Gunstock Mountain Trailhead

To Brook Trail

Weather Forecast

Laconia, NH

Tonight
A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind around 0 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday
A chance of snow showers before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. South wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday
A chance of rain showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday Night
A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then rain likely between 8pm and midnight, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 29. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday
A chance of snow before 2pm, then a chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday Night
A chance of snow showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Gunstock Mountain Summit

Photos Courtesy of Gunnar Stecher

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the creator of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing his experiences. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites, and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about

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